Ask-A-Doc, July

Posted 10/07/19 (Mon)

Checking in on Cholesterol: How Often is Often Enough?

Answer from Dr. Tyrel Somers. 

Q: How often should I get my cholesterol checked?

A: Annually for women over 50 and men over 45, according to the American Heart Association. Adults over 20 should aim for a check-up every five years.

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is a major contributor to heart disease with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol.” Studies have shown LDL to be the primary contributor to poor health outcomes. Additionally, reducing LDL to less than 100 has also been shown to reduce the risk of having heart disease. 

The American Heart Association endorses the National Cholesterol Education Program recommendations that every adult age 20 or older should have their cholesterol checked with a fasting lipoprotein profile once every five years. In men 45 years of age or older and women 50 or older, checks should be conducted annually. Other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking or family history can change the frequency of cholesterol screening. 

If you have questions on cholesterol screening or how to reduce your bad cholesterol, talk with your primary care physician or schedule an appointment at the UND CFM. 


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